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now emerging. paul ciancia seen right here in his high school photo. a schoolmate now saying he was a loaner in class. and new information about the family man he's alleged to have targeted and killed. tsa agent gerardo hernandez. his heartbroken wife saying he was proud to work for the tsa. and in tribute tonight, lights in tsa blue as you approach l.a.x. airport. meanwhile, inside the term terminals, remnants of the chaos. the mountains of luggage left behind by passengers ordered to flee as the shots rang out. our coverage tonight begins with abc's david wright at l.a.x., where he's been since the start. >> go, go, go! >> reporter: moments before all this, paul ciancia arrived at l.a.x. like a passenger, dropped off by someone driving a black hyundai. the criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court describes a cold-blooded attack. it says video surveillance showed ciancia walking up to the tsa checkpoint in terminal three, pulling a smith and wesson assault rifle out of his bag and firing multiple shots at point blank range at a tsa officer. then, it says, as he procee
see a picture of him here. the fbi identified him as los angeles resident paul ciancia. police say ciancia was taken into custody after being shot multiple times in the chest. new images emerging of what appears to be the suspect handcuffed to a gurney. you can see that right here. tonight new images of the deadly l-a airport shooting suspect emerging. as we learn more about the victims he was targetting. and the t-s-a's next move to keep travellers safe. we now have more information on the alleged gunman who police say killed a tsa officer and shot 2 others friday at los angeles international airport. you can see a picture of him here. the fbi identified him as los angeles resident paul ciancia. police say ciancia was taken into custody after being shot multiple times in the chest. new images emerging of what appears to be the suspect handcuffed to a gurney. you can see that right here. now investigators have the difficult task of trying to piece together a motive behind the shooting at terminal 3. everyone on the floor. everyone on the floor now. the fbi investigation continues a
. the suspect, 23-year-old paul ciancia, is still listed in critical condition at this hour. earlier, an attorney read a statement from his family in new jersey offering condolences to the victims and begging for privacy. >> paul is our son and brother. we will continue to love him and care for him. we will support him during the difficult times ahead. while we do not mean to minimize the grief and distress experienced by many other families, we hope that the public will understand that this is a very difficult time for our family, too. >> police say the gunman was specifically targeting the tsa, according to a note he had. working for the tsa seems like it's often a thankless task. much of the time you are an object of contempt for passengers as they watch you confiscate their toothpaste and if you blink too long, you risk letting something or someone dangerous through. but now, three days later, it's still unclear what the suspect's beef with tsa could have been. as stephanie elam reports. >> we were up in security at the time of the shooting and we heard the initial gun shots. >>
to get away from the gunman. >> he was identified as paul ciancia from new jersey, saying he pulled an assault rifle out of the bag and began to shoot at the tsa screening station, and seemed to be targetting employees. >> fired 20 yards away from the escalators. he was looking down, shooting. 10 plus shots, multiple shots towards the escalator. >> airport officers followed paul ciancia to the end of the terminal, where he was shot and seriously injured. >> an individual came into terminal 3 of the airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to hope fire. >> local authorities say it could have been worse. there were additional rounds. the fact that the officers neutralised the threat as they did, there were more than 100 more rounds that could have killed everyone in the terminal. >> the tsa officer, the first to die in the line of duty was declared dead at ronald regan hospital where several of the dead were taken. police scoured the area to make sure of no other dangers. 750 flights were affected. some never left lax, others never left other cities. passengers streamed
the suspected gunman, 23-year-old paul ciancia , shot a t-s-a officer at point blank range. he then walked away, but returned moments later to shoot him again. kyung lah explains how the >> reporter: investigators are still piecing together their timeline of what happened inside terminal 3 they don't know every step of paul ciancia's path thru the terminal >> "but here's what they do know. a roommate dropped him off at the airport. he entered at about 9:20 in the morning one of these entrances at terminal 3." according to pictures like this one as well as surveillance video, the gun was a 223 caliber assault rifle, which ciancia concealed in a bag. >> "he then approached tsa officer gerardo hernandez here who was standing there where those flowers are -- this is a prescreening area and shot him point blank, multiple times in the chest. he then got on this escalator." >> "the defendant is to then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded tsa officer, going up escalator and then coming back down that escalator, to return and shoot the wounded officer again." >> reporter: "at the top of
the new details. >> reporter: investigators say 23-year-old paul ciancia was dropped off by a friend in a black hyundai. he calmly walked inside terminal three with this assault rifle, plenty of ammo, a plan to kill, and a note for police. >> in that note, he indicated his anger and his malice, i would say, towards the tsa officers. >> reporter: according to a federal criminal complaint, ciancia fired multiple rounds at point-blank range at officer hernandez. investigators say ciancia then proceeded up an else canlator, but when the wounded officer appeared to move, he returned to the lobby, shooting hernandez again. >> we have a tsa officer shot. >> reporter: with hernandez down, the gunman is on the move. police say he shoots and wounds t two more tsa officers. a high school teacher is also hit. once he was past security, police say the suspect made his way down this long corridor. according to some reports, he went up to witnesses and said, tsa? they shook their head no, the suspect kept going. in 60 seconds, police corner ciancia, shooting him multiple times and at least once in
documents, ciancia meant to kill tsa agents. >> we're not advocating at this time that all 45,000 officers be armed. we believe that creating a layer of security within tsa where there are law enforcement officers at tsa that are, would provide like a nationwide law enforcement force to back up our officers and secure those checkpoints is something that needs to be examined. >> reporter: reports also indicate that ciancia's father called police on friday after another family member received a suicidal text from ciancia. police went to ciancia's apartment to investigate but by then it was too late. the shootings had already begun. >> thank you, derek. federal authorities are now promising a new review of security reviews in light of friday's shootings. >>> mary is live in the newsroom -- >> reporter: reports of a person carrying a gun or handgun. 400 student residential metro. one student told police he saw a suspect wearing a mask camouflage mask and carrying a sword. turns out the scare was unfounded. the lock down was lifted late this afternoon. three students are being questioned by pol
the gunman paul ciancia injured. there are new details on ciancia. he is in the hospital in critical condition. and we have learned that see ciancia was shot in the head. he lives in los angeles but originally is from new jersey. teri okita reports. >> reporter: authorities actually say that someone dropped ciancia off here at l.a.x. before this shooting. he then went inside and shot a tsa multiple times at point- blank range. he then went up an escalator, came back and shot the officer again. as you mentioned, tonight, husbands driving widow remembered her husband. >> reporter: the widow of the fallen tsa officer spoke to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was deliver
-old suspect paul ciancia whipped out an assault rifle, killing a tsa agent and wounding several others. >> investigators are following leads suggesting that paul ciancia had antigovernment sentiment and was targetting the tsa. brian rooney has more. >> cell phone video obtained by tmz caught the moment when panicked travellers at los angeles international airport ran for the door away from the gunm gunman. >> police identified the gunman as paul ciancia, and he pulled an assault rifle out of the bag and targeted employees of the transport security administration. >> fired 20 yards away from the escalators. he's looking down, shooting multiple shots. i want to say 10 or 11 - 10-plus shots shooting towards the escalator. >> airport officers followed paul ciancia to the end of the terminal where he was shot and wounded. >> an individual came into terminal 3 of the airport, pulled an assault rifle out of the bag and opened fire in the terminal. >> local authorities say it could have been worse. >> there were additional rounds that the gunman had. the fact that the officers neutralized the
-old paul ciancia startinged transportation security agents. >> he made a conscious decision tto kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: he also shot two others, both who are recovering. the fourth victim, a passenger, was hit in the leg. moments before the attack the police say ciancia's friend dropped him off at the airport unaware of his plan. a criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court said that he had a duffle bag containing a smith and wesson assault rifle, and at least five magazine seen full of ammo as ws a letter addressed to the tsa directly. classmates were stunned at the news. >> he was always a shy guy. he kept to himself. he walked around by himself. he didn't talk to anybody at all. >> ciancia's former roommate paints a similar picture of the out of work auto mechanic who moved from new jersey. >> i didn't have any issues. he was a loaner, but i would never expect him to do something like this. >> reporter: the police chief in new jersey is speaking on behalf of the suspect's family. >> we don't know what happened in la. we don't know. they don't know either,
an acquaintance of paul ciancia for the first time. >> and the woman accused of killing a couple in menlo park is supposed to be in court this morning. the court date keeps being pushed back due to medical issues. her blood alcohol level was apparently twice the legal limit in the october 24th crash. >>> here's elizabeth with traffic. >> and right now tow crews are working to clear a couple of cars approaching pinole valley road. the accident is causing a few delays. one lane is blocked. the back-ups extend looks like into hercules maybe for a couple of exits. here is a live look past the accident scene. everything is moving okay through berkeley. highway 4 looks like this. pretty typical staff off the -- stuff off the anitoch bridge. things improve towards pittsburgh bay point. a quick check at the bay bridge toll plaza. looks like they just switched on the metering lights. it's quickly backing up. looks like we are backed up in the fast track lanes beyond that first overcrossing in the distance. ten minutes to get on to the bay bridge. bart on time. they have more than 40 all reporting no de
a murder chances against anthony ciancia -- ciancia. the fbi has found antigovernment writings allegedly penned by ciancia. >> on the floor. on the floor now! >> federal prosecutors are filing criminal charged against paul ciancia. he's charged with opening fire and killing gerardo hernandez and wounding others. filed multiple rounds at point- blank range. >> hernandez wife spoke to to reporters. >> he would have been 40 next week. i am devastated. >> a man who came face-to-face with the gunman said the suspect was looking for tsa employees. >> the shooter calmly walking down the corridor had his gun and looked at me and said tsa and i shook my head and he kept going. the fbi said law enforcement shot and wounded the gunman. a note on the suspect made his intend to harm the tsa clear. he addressed them in the letter and stated he wanted to "instill fear into their traitorous minds." >> law enforcement said ciancia originally from new jersey sent text messages to family saying he was unhappy and discouraged living in los angeles. >> it was to his little brother and they had concern about
! >> terror in terminal 3 l.a.x. and fought by the man seen here, 23-year-old paul ciancia. >> i saw the gun and i was terrified like everybody else was and on the ground. >> flooded out pile 3 and storming out of emergency exits onto the tarmac of the planes. >> there was a guy downstairs started shooting and one guy fell down and he was going up in the security check. >> active shooter all too common -- leaving security check points tossed and baroned. >> ciancia shot his way to terminal 3 ending of a shoot out near the food court. >> the officers did not hesitate. they went after this individual and they confronted the individual. >> take a closer look near the officer's feet, that's ciancia's weapon outside of the six busiest airports of the world. >> now, the shooting turned l.a.x. to a ground -- for several hours today, no flights could come in or get out, of course, impact felt across the world and here in the bay area nationwide of 46 flights were cancelled of 100 or so flights going from san francisco to l.a.x. every single day were cancelled and passengers scrambling for plan b. >>
paul ciancia, carried multiple weapon's magazines and a chilling message. >> in the note handwritten we found from the defendant, it was signed by the defendant. we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the widow of jirardo hernandez spoke about her husband, the first officer in the agency's history to die in the line of duty. >> and we're heartbroken. >> reporter: at lax, more than 24 hours after gun fire disrupted thousands of flights, many passengers remain stranded. their belongings still inside the terminal they were fleeing from. >> and i want to go home. >> reporter: paul harris was trying to get home to missouri. >> all of my stuff was on the conveyer. i heard pow, pow, pow, the next shot and we all took off running. you can still hear shots going off. >> reporter: police say the 23- year-old paul ciancia shot his way through the security checkpoint killing tsa officer hernandez and wounding two others. >> you were taking off your shoes. >> yeah. >> and you started to run bare foot? >> that is it. >
a shadow over rec conso man reconn efforts. >> murder charges have been filed against paul ciancia the man that opened fire inside of s angeles international airport. officals say the shooter was clearly inten intent on taking s rage on tsn agentses. >> the suspect paul ciancia is unresponsive and unable to talk according to the fbi. he was wounded in the face by police officers at the eastbound oeastbound -- end of friday's gn battle in lax's terminal three. a note inside of his bag gave insight to his frame of mind. he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. he addressed them at one point in the letter and stated he wanted to "instill fear into their traitorous minds". he shot hernandez at the screening checkpoint and went up the elevateo are and came down and shot him again killing him. his widow spoke to reporters. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i'm truly devastated. and we are all heart broken and we'll miss him dearly. the federal criminal complaint says ciancia used a smith and wesson assault rifle a
a consideration decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: ciancia also shot two others tsa officers who are now recovering. moments before the attack police say ciancia dropped him off at the airport, unaware of his plan. a criminal complaint said he had a duffle bag containing a smith and wesson assault rifle and at least five magazines full of ammo along with a handwritten letter addressing the tsa directly. his former classmates are stunned by the news, remembering him as an introvert, a loaner. >> he was like a shy guy. he always kept to himself. he was always walking around by himself. he didn't really talk to anybody at all. >> i'm just--i'm absolutely shocked. >> reporter: ciancia's former roommate recently moved to los angeles from a small new jersey town. >> i didn't have issues with him or anything. he was a really nice guy. a bit loner, introvert but i would never expect him to do something like this. >> reporter: the police chief is speaking on behalf of the suspect's family. >> we don't know what happened in l.a. we don't know and they don't well know either. they want
at los angeles international airport, paul ciancia sent his family messages, some suggesting that he would commit suicide. the family alerted authorities who asked lapd to do a welfare check. they responded within six minutes of getting that call, but it was still too late. >> this was after the incident occurred, and it's dozens of miles away from where lax is, so our officers didn't make the connection. >> reporter: but ciancia was already gone. we spoke exclusively to a woman who knows ciancia and his roommates. >> their third roommate comes back and says i just dropped paul at lax. and they just knew. i think he just dropped off paul to a shooting. >> reporter: he entered the terminal armed with an assault rifle and five magazines of ammunition. they recovered a handwritten note on ciancia that made it clear he was out to kill tsa officers. he shot geraldo hernandez at point blank range. then he went up an escalator. but after spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause. so i looked down the escalator,
ciancia of new jersey, saying he pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to shoot at the tsa screening station. he seemed to be targetting employees of the transportation security administration. >> i'm 20 yards from the escalators, he's looking down and shooting shots. 10, plus shots, multiple shooting towards the escalator. >> the one shooter i saw, i don't know if there were more - he carried a rifle. he said tsa and i shook my head, and he kept going. >> police say airport officers followed paul ciancia to the end of the terminal, where he was shot and wounded. >> an individual came into terminal 3 of this airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal. he proceeded up into the screening area where tsa screener are, and continued shooting, and went past the screeners, back into the airport itself. >> local authorities say it could have been much worse. >> there was additional rounds that the gunman had. the fact that the officers neutralised the threat, as they did, there were more than 100 rounds that could have killed everyone in th
the suspect paul ciancia. we're learning more about what happened in the moment of crisis and what was written on that note that he was carrying in his bag. david kerley has been following this story. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the this morning, the alleged shooter is in a hospital room said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. he'll face charges that could carry the death penalty. the criminal complaint filed in federal court saturday includes chilling new details about the ram page. the fbi said that he was dropped off at l.a.x. friday morning, in his bag, a smith and wesson assault weapons with five extra magazines like this one, fully loaded. it alleges that he walked up to the tsa and fired point-blank range. >> he faces either maximum penalty of life without the possibility of parole or the potential of the imposition of the death penalty. >> reporter: according to the complaint as he moved up the escalator he looked back at the wounded officer and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him, ciancia allegedly gunned down two more tsa worke
encounter at l.a.x. as paul ciancia is unresponsive in the hospital. >> paul ciancia was shot four times by officers, one gunshot to the mouth blew a molar out of his jaw. if he ever regains consciousness he faces charges including the death penalty. 23-year-old ciancia told investigators he acted alone. abc news learned his unsuspecting roommate dropped him off at l.a.x. thinking he had a flight to get. ciancia made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. tonight his friends are speaking out. >> he was shy guy. he kept to himself. he was always walking around by himself. didn't really talk to anybody at all. >> he was a really nice guy. a bit loner and introverted, but nothing i would ever, ever expect him to do something like this. >> ciancia was a student at the tech anything cal institute -- technical institute in florida. they say once in the airport ciancia pulled an assault rifle and began firing killing tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. download it fo
captures the panic after the suspect identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia approached the check point and pulled a semiautomatic rifle from the bag. he shot and killed one tsa agent and wounded three others. >> it was a loud bang. >> everyone panicked. everybody dropped to the ground. >> the shooter seemed to be aiming at tsa officers. he was wearing a blue uniform and helped from the scene holding up his bloody arm. this man barely escaped. >> he was carrying a rifle and he looked at me and said tsa with a question mark and i just shook my head and he kept going. >> reporter: passengers huddled for cover in bathrooms and others dashed for the exits. >> the kids, the seniors are like oh my goodness. i want to help them, but i want to cover myself. >> reporter: finally -- >> i caught up with him near the rear of the terminal and that is where an officer involved shooting occurred. >> reporter: the shooter went down wounded. his rifle fell where he did and not a moment too soon. diswhrie were a hundred more -- >> there were a hundred more rounds that could have literally killed everybod
as 23-year-old paul ciancia approached the check point and pulled a semiautomatic rifle from the bag. he shot and killed one tsa agent and wounded three others. >> it was a loud bang. >> everyone panicked. everybody dropped to the ground. >> the shooter seemed to be aiming at tsa officers. he was wearing a blue uniform and helped from the scene holding up his bloody arm. this man barely escaped. >> he was carrying a rifle and he looked at me and said tsa with a question mark and i just shook my head and he kept going. >> reporter: passengers huddled for cover in bathrooms and others dashed for the exits. >> the kids, the seniors are like oh my goodness. i want to help them, but i want to cover myself. >> reporter: finally -- >> i caught up with him near the rear of the terminal and that is where an officer involved shooting occurred. >> reporter: the shooter went down wounded. his rifle fell where he did and not a moment too soon. diswhrie were a hundred more -- >> there were a hundred more rounds that could have literally killed everybody in that terminal. >> reporter: terminal 3 was ta
officer. paul ciancia is in critical condition. a woman who says she knows him well is filling in some of the blanks telling cnn what he might have been thinking and doing shortly before the incident. we have that exclusive angle to the story. good morning, miguel. >> reporter: good morning, kate. this woman has a fascinating story to tell. it is amazing she is an ordinary woman that found herself in an extraordinary circumstance. she wants to remain anonymous. she doesn't want her life associated with paul ciancia. days before this rampage, this woman says ciancia was already plotting his crime. >> he asked whether he could have a ride to the zblarpt why did he need a ride? >> he was going back home, his dad was sick. he had family issues. >> did anyone see a ticket? >> he mentioned what day he had to leave. >> reporter: she says he rarely left his san fernando apartment, describing him as socially awkward and a heavy smoker f. day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, it took his roommate by surprise. >> that morning, he doesn't knock, just opens the door and says i need to
. a law enforcement official tells the "associated press" shooting suspect paul ciancia is heavily sedated as armed guards keep watch over hip. police charged the 23-year-old in friday's deadly shooting at los angeles international airport. officers shot ciancia four times to end the shooting rampage, but before the suspect was taken to the hospital an official says he told them he acted alone. >> he had the gun down like this. >> reporter: passenger scott green witnessed the shooting. he was among the more than 100 people who ran for their lives. >> it didn't make sense to me. i thought, you know, well, that guy had a gun and no one was there to stop him. >> reporter: court papers reveal ciancia left a letter saying he made a conscious decision to try to kill. investigators say he targeted tsa agents. transportation security administration officer 39-year-old gerardo hernandez was killed. two other tsa employees and a passenger were wounded. now, the suspect has no history of mental illness, but we do know that he texted his family saying he wasn't happy to the point where the suspect's
at the deadlien counter at l.a.x -- deadly encounter at l.a.x. as paul ciancia is unresponsive in the hospital. >> paul ciancia was shot four times by officers, one gunshot to the mouth blew a molar out of his jaw. if he ever regains consciousness he faces charges including the death penalty. 23-year-old ciancia told investigators he acted alone. abc news learned his unsuspecting roommate dropped him off at l.a.x. thinking he had a flight to get. thea made s decision to kill multiple tsa employees. tonight his friends are speaking out. >> he was shy guy. he kept to himself. he was always walking around by himself. didn't really talk to anybody at all. >> he was a really nice guy. a bit loner and introverted, but nothing i would ever, ever expect him to do something like this. >> ciancia was a student at the tech anything cal institute -- technical institute in florida. they say once in the airport ciancia pulled an assault rifle and began firing killing tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobi
-old paul ciancia walked into the terminal, pulled out a crime began rifle and began shooting. >> i just saw the gun, and i was just terrified like everybody else was and we're all just on the ground. >> 39-year-old tsa officer gerardo hernandez was killed. federal agents brought food to the hernandez family's home. neighbors say they were shocked. >> my heart goes out to them. i pray the lord will give them peace and strength. >> the head of the tsa will arrive today. he'll meet with hernandez's family as well as two of the other agents wounded in the shooting. >> ciancia appeared to have a grudge against the security agency. in a note found in the 23-year- old's bag he called himself aed off patriot and said he believed his constitutional rights were being violated by tsa searches. ciancia's father told police about a suicidal text message from his son. >> the text message was a message to the little brother and the way it was written he had some concern about it. >> ciancia's former los angeles roommates say they never suspected he was capable of such violence. edward license wjz eyewitne
. the suspected gunman is paul anthony ciancia, originally from new jersey, living in los angeles, employment unknown, motive unknown, but apparently was carrying paper that said kill tsa. in new jersey where his family still lives he sent a text just this morning mentioning suicide. pensacolaville police called los angeles police asking to check on him. his roommate said he hasn't seen him but then it was too much. traffic in l.a.x. ground nearly to a halt. only now nearly seven hours after the incident are things starting to come back to normal. jane wells will have more on that in a moment. authorities have scheduled another news conference this hour at l.a.x. we'll bring that to you live and all the details as we get them. larry? >> all right. just operational stuff, scott. basically, the airport's incoming and outgoing flights, that up and going? >> some of them are, but there still is last we heard a ground stop that could be ending fairly soon. in other words, flights that were bound for l.a. were being held at their departure point. so there are obviously plenty of delays. all the ter
his name, 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia, and word this evening his family reportedly had been in touch with authorities beforehand. a note found at the scene reportedly believed to have included anti-government beliefs. among his victims a tsa officer shot and killed. the first tsa officer ever killed in line of duty. these are aerial pictures from our station in los angeles kabc, and this evening one of the nation's busiest airports with a heavy police presence, we have team coverage here on the fast moving investigation. we lead off with david wright. on the scene. >> reporter: panicked rush hour here at the nation's third busiest airport. and a terrifying announcement. >> we have a shooting in terminal 3. >> reporter: at 9:20 a.m. the suspect marched up to the check point in terminal 3, pulled out a high powered rifle and opened fire. >> first shot went out, and i mean, it was a loud bang. >> reporter: nick pugh had shown his id at the terminal 3 screening area. did people panic? >> everybody panicked, everybody dropped to the ground and crawled across the ground really qui
.a.x. chaos, confusion, bloodshed. federal officials say a lone gunman, 23-year-old paul ciancia, a resident of los angeles from new jersey, walked inside the terminal, then pulled out this assault rifle from a bag. >> he proceeded up into the screening area where our tsa screeners are and continued shooting. they tracked the individual through the airport and engaged him in gunfire. >> reporter: police say the suspect killed a transportation security administration employee and wounded three other officers before continuing to fire rounds inside the terminal. >> the officers didn't -- i repeat, they didn't hesitate. they went after this individual and confronted this individual in our airport. >> reporter: screams in panic filled the terminal. >> there is a shooting in terminal 3. >> i just heard shots. the guy literally came in from the glass doors entering like nothing was wrong. just started shooting everyone. >> everyone dropped to the ground, started crawling along. just staying as low as possible. >> reporter: passengers poured onto the tarmac to escape the bloodshed. the mayhem unfol
learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a federal law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order. ciancia lived in los angeles, but he is from new jersey. police have been at his family's home in pennsville, new jersey. according to the police chief, the suspect sent text messages to his family yesterday, ranting about the government. >> basically, the text message was just a message to the little brother and the way it was written, they had some concern about it, and that's when they brought it to our attention. >> the chief says officers informed police in los angeles, but then it was too late. >>> from the moment the first shots rang out, it was chaos at l.a.x. cnn's dan simon reports on how it all happened and the personal stories of the people who had to run for their lives. >> this is going to be a major, major incident, working here at l. l.a.x. >> reporter: los angeles international airport, 9:20 a.m. local time. the fbi says 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia enters terminal 3, pulls
angeles that charges the defendant paul anthony ciancia with the commission of two felonies on november 1. >> the charges against the alleged gunman are quite serious. he could face the death penalty if convicted. paul ciancia remains in critical condition tonight. he was shot in the head by l.a.x. police. >>> we also heard for the first time from the family of one of the victims. teri okita has the tsa agent's widow's reaction as well as new details on the investigation. >> reporter: the widow of the fallen officer spoke to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was delivered to l.a.x. saturday where there's a visible police presence in car, on foot and on bicycles. >> we saw a
the suspect file ciancia. investigators say he was not a ticketed passenger and dropped off at airport before the shooting and we're learning details how tsa agents respond. cbs reporter with more information from the fbi. today federal prosecutors say they filed charges against l.a.x. shooting suspect paul ciancia. investigators say he was dropped off at the airport before he walked up to the security checkpoint. >> the defendant is alleged to have pulled a smith & wesson .223 caliber assault rifle out of his bag and fired multiple rounds at point blank range at the tsa officer, who was standing on duty and in uniform, severely wounding tsa officer hender the defendant is then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded tsa officer and going up an escalator and then coming back down that escalator to return and shoot the wounded officer again. >> investigators say they found a signed hand-written note at the scene in which ciancia said i wanted to target officers. he has both uniform and undercover officers spread out throughout the airport and his department will maintain the enha
with their luggage. instead, a man is shot by the man on this stretcher, paul ciancia. >> i was terrified like everybody else was. we were onto ground. >> reporter: not just on the ground, but a crush of humanity flooding out of terminal 3, a frenzy. storming out of emergency exits and on to the tarmac. ducking under planes. >> there was a guy downstairs started shooting and one guy fell down, panic erupted and he was going up through the security check. >> reporter: passengers with meticulously planned trips fled, . l.a.x. officials say ciancia shot his way through terminal 3 taking aim at tsa employees. >> the officers didn't, i repeat, they didn't hesitate. they went after this individual and they confronted this individual. >> reporter: take a closer look at the officer's feet. that's ciancia's weapon left lying on the carpet. outside the sixth busiest airport in the world, the bus lines blocks long. the airport turned into a bus depot. l.a.x. shut down for hours this afternoon and this morning because of that situation. the impact felt across the world and even here in the bay area. about
to get away from the gunman. he was identified as paul ciancia of new jersey. he pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and shot at the tsa screening station, seeming to target employees of the transportation administration. >> he's looking down, shooting multiple shots by the escalator - 10, plus shots shooting towards the escalator. >> airport officers followed paul ciancia to the end of the terminal, where he was shot and wounded. >> an individual came in to terminal three of the airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal. >> local authorities say it could have been worse. >> there was additional rounds that this gunman had. the police officers were able to neutralise the threat as they did. there were more than 100 rounds that could have killed everybody in the terminal today. >> the tsa officer, the first to die in the line of duty was declared dead at ronald reagan u.c.l.a. hospital where several were taken. police scoured the area to be certain of no other dangers. 750 flights were affected, some never leaving lax, others not leaving other
the gunman as 23-year-old paul ciancia of new jersey. they say he pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to shoot at the tsa screening station. he seemed to target employees of the transport security administration. >> he looked down, shooting multiple shots. 10-plus shots. >> police say airport officers followed paul ciancia to the end of the terminal where he was shot and seriously wounded. >> a man came in to terminal 3 of the airport. he pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal >> reporter: local authorities say it could have been much worse. >> there was additional rounds of this gunman - that he had. the fact that the officers were able to neutralise the threat as they did, there were more than 100 more rounds that could have killed everybody in the terminal today. >> the tsa officer, the first in the agency's short history to die in the line of duty was declared dead at the ronald reagan u.c.l.a. hospital. police scoured the airport for hours, to be certain there were no other dangers. almost 750 flights were affected - some never left
him. >> reporter: the suspect, paul ciancia is still in the hospital. he was shot in the face while the police were trying to subdue him. officials say that ciancia contacted his brother with thoughts of suicide. then his father called the police in new jersey who then contacted lapd. they came to do a welfare check, that's when the police spoke to his roommates, who say they saw him on thursday and everything seemed to be okay. but as we learned things were certainly not okay. >> our flight was canceled twice. they got us supposedly on the 7:00 a.m. flight, but that's been canceled as well. hopefully we're going to be on the 1:00 flight. but it will be delayed as well, and it might be canceled. >> we just came here, and they told us that our flight is canceled today. we're not flying today. not at all. >> reporter: and those are passengers here at l.a.x. things are not here at l.a.x. for many passengers. things are beginning to get back to normal, but i can tell you at this point terminal three remains closed. flights have been rerouted to other terminals. hundreds of passengers we
decision to try to kill multiple tsa employees. here's the latest. 23-year-old anthony ciancia told police he acted alone and was dropped off at the airport by an unsuspecting friend. once in the airport he pulled an assault rifle from a duffel bag and began firing. more than 24 hours after the shooting, the airport reports operations are back to normal. alex stone has the story from los angeles. reporter: 23-year-old paul ciancia lies under guard in a hospital bed, leaving behind a bloody trail to speak for him. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> the proof, says the fbi, a signed hand-written letter in his bag telling the tsa he wanted to instill fear on your traitorous mind. >> he says if i kill one my mission is accomplished. >> a complaint says he entered terminal three with a bag holding a smith and weston semi automatic rifle with five spare magazines fully loaded. he pulled out the gun and walked up to the tsa checkpoint and fired multiple shots at point-blank range at a tsa officer, and as he moved up thees later he looked back at the wounded officer
-old paul ciancia came prepared with an assault rifle. high capacity magazines. a bag of ammunition and a handwritten manifesto. >> we found a statement where we he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: as he made his way through the terminal, ciancia reportedly asked some people if they were with tsa. and moved on when they responded no. but at the security checkpoint, he opened fire. tsa officer gerardo hernandez who was about to celebrate his 40th birthday was killed. agents tony grigsby and james speer shown here were both wounded. as was teacher brian ludmer. ciancia made it about 100 yards into the terminal, before police shot him multiple times and took him into custody. officials are waiting to interview him to gain motives into the shooting. >>> the head coach of the nfl houston texans gary kubiak is recovering after he collapsed on the field during last night's game. as kubiak walked off at halftime, he stopped and squatted down. houston's general manager told nbc, that kubiak was lig light-headed and dizzy. he was removed on a stretcher an
-old unemployed mechanic paul ciancia. federal prosecutors have already filed murder charges and he could face the death penalty. ciancia in is in the hospital and is unresponsive after he was shot in the head. here's david wright with the latest. >> the fbi said ciancia was dropped off at lax friday morning. in his bag a smith & wesson assault rifle like this one with five extra magazines fully loaded. the fbi alleges ciancia walked up to the tsa checkpoint and fired multiple shots at point-blank range at a tsa officers. >> in these circumstances, the defendant faces either maximum penalty of life without the possibility of parole, or the potential of the imposition of the death penalty. >> according to the complaint, as he moved up the escalator, he looked back at the wounded officer, who in video appearance to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. ciancia then alleged by gunned down at least two more tsa officers. a chase through the terminal end at the food court near the boarding gates where airport police shot him four times. >> he made a conscious decision to kill
in the deadly lax shooting friday morning. the roommates of paul ciancia says he sent a text to his family friday morning that he was going to commit suicide. his family called the police to check on him at home. but they got there about 45 minutes late after ciancia had left for the airport. right now ciancia is surrounded by armed guards. he is heavily sedated in a hospital after being shot four times by police. after friday's shooting at lax they are releasing information about how many guns are brought into airports. just a week before that deadly shooting 39 guns were seized at airport check points nation- wide. of those guns 32 were loaded. besides guns the tsa has intercepted knives, stun guns, and grenades preventing them from being taken on the planes. >> i certainly hope it wasn't anything with malicious intent. it was just a mistake and a one off kind of situation. >> most people are saying they forgot they had the weapon in their carry on baggage while others tried to disguise them as ordinary objects trying to get them through. >>> today the family of a santa rosa teenager fat
. what's still unclear, what drove 23-year-old paul ciancia to target tsa. the report for wjz from la with the latest. >> a spokesperson read a statement from the family of the los angeles international airport shooting suspect. >> paul is our son and brother. we will continue to love him and care for him. we will support him during the difficult times ahead. >> officials say 23-year-old paul ciancia walked into terminal 3 of the airport on friday, pulling a suitcase with a backpack on top. there were holes in both pieces of luggage. he pulled the gun out and opened fire on tsa officer gerardo hernandez killing him. he also shot two other tsa employees and a passenger before airport police shot him four times. according to court documents ciancia left a letter saying he made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees to instill fear. the letter also talked about how easy it is to get a gun into an airport. >> lax has opened but the attack is raising questions about security at america's third largest airport. >> like many passengers noah was stopped at a police check point.
. the violence and panic inside one of america's busiest airports. and here he is. 23-year-old paul ciancia. he's accused of bringing an assault rifle and 100 rounds into los angeles international airport yesterday morning. >> there was chaos and confusion inside terminal three, as the suspect allegedly killed a tsa officer and shot two other people, before he was seriously wounded in a shoot-out with police. we have live team coverage this morning, starting with abc's cecilia vega, who has the very latest from l.a.x. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. a truly horrifying experience for passengers and workers here. but police say it could have been so much worse. they say the shooter had enough ammunition on him to shoot everyone in the terminal. overnight, the identity of that slain tsa officer revealed. he is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. on the job since 2010. transferred recently to los angeles from montana. the first-ever tsa officer killed in the line of duty. >> it's shocking. very nice guy. i'm speechless. i'm shocked. >> reporter: and the shooter, the fbi releasi
on the shooting at l.a.x. we're learning more about the suspect paul ciancia. who's now facing federal murder charges, as we're learning more about what actually happened in the moment of crisis and what was written on the note that he was carrying in his bag. abc's david wright has been covering the story from the jump. he's at l.a.x. this morning. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. this morning, the alleged gunman is in a hospital room a few miles away from here, said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he ever does regain consciousness, he'll face charges that could take the death penalty. the criminal complaint filed in federal court saturday includes chilling new details about the rampage. the fbi said that he was dropped off at l.a.x. friday morning, in his bag, a smith and wesson assault rifle like this one, with five extra magazines, fully loaded. the fbi alleges that he walked up to the tsa check point and fired multiple shots at point blank range to a tsa officer. >> in these circumstances, the defendant faces either maximum penalty of life wit
paul ciancia gunned down tsa agent gerardo hernandez. passenger scott green watched it happen. >> he had the gun down like this, so he saw him on the ground and he shot twice. >> reporter: billy bay spotted the gunman as he made his way to the gates. >> i thought he was a random passenger, very calm, stoic faced, got closer and turned a bit and saw the assault rifle strapped on his shoulder and that's when i high tailed it and ran. >> so you were surprised -- >> that he made it all the way to the gate. >> that no one stopped. >> that he wasn't stopped by then, yeah. >> reporter: l.a.x. police chief patrick gannon says he moved armed officers from behind the checkpoint to a more visible low indication in front. >> are they going to be in the exact same moment exactly when i would hoped they would be? no, it didn't happen in this case. >> reporter: officers did swarm the airport after the shooting, but witnesses wonder why they weren't there to begin with. >> i didn't make sense to me. i thought that guy had a gun and no one was this to stop him. >> ciancia is still in the hospital unr
the l.a.x. shooter was gunned down, paul ciancia told him he acted alone. >> it isn't clear why he targeted tsa officers. what he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path. here's abc's david wright. >> moments before all of this, abc news learned paul ciancia's roommate dropped him off at l.a.x., thinking ciancia just had to catch a flight. instead what unfolded was a cold-blood attack. video surveillance shows ciancia walking up to the checkpoint at terminal three, pulling a smith & wesson out of his bag, and firing multiple shots at pointblank range at an officer. he looked back at the wounded officer, who appeared in video to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the fbi says paul ciancia gunned down two more tsa officers as he shot his way through the terminal. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: the fbi said his bag contained five magazines full of ammo along with a handwritten letter signed by ciancia, addressing the tsa directly, saying, "he hoped to instill fare on your tra
to friday's deadly rampage. she says the suspected gunman paul ciancia had a roommate carry out his murderous plot. here is more from miguel marques. >> reporter: days before ciancia's crime. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> reporter: why did he need a ride? >> his dad was sick and he needed to deal with family issues. >> reporter: did anyone see a ticket? >> no. >> reporter: he says ciancia rarely moved his apartment since moving here in january describing him as awkward and heavily smoker the day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, it took his roommate by surprise. >> that morning, he doesn't knock. just opens the door and says, i need to leave. can you take me now? >> reporter: his roommate believes this is when he texted family members in new jersey telling them he was going to commit suicide and that prompted frantic calls between police in new jersey and l.a. police came to ciancia's home. he has a bag, gets in the car and off they go and a short time later, a knock at the door? >> yes. >> reporter: police? >> police. >> re
. 23-year-old paul ciancia. police say he's the shooter. he remains in critical condition today, unable to speak with investigators. but we are starting to learn more about ciancia. and possibly some of his motives. we're also learning more about what happened just before the shooting, from someone who knew ciancia and his roommates. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> why did he need a ride? >> he said he was going back home, either that his dad was kind of sick and he had to deal with family issues. >> did anyone ever see a ticket? >> no. he also didn't mention what day he had to leave. that morning yes, he doesn't knock, just opens the door and says, i need to leave. can you take me now? >> did he ever express any hatred toward the government or toward the tsa? >> all nsa findings that came out this year that he was very upset about it and he also thought that tsa abused their power. >> well let's bring in stephanie elam, who is covering the story from los angeles. stephanie, were police actually close to stopping this before it happened? there
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